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Henry Ford

Today in the Word, December 16, 1995, p. 23.

Auto maker Henry Ford was vacationing in Ireland when he was asked to contribute toward a new orphanage. Ford wrote a check for two thousand pounds, which made headlines in the local newspaper. But the paper inadvertently reported the gift as twenty thousand pounds. The director of the orphanage apologized to Ford. "I'll phone the editor straight away and tell him to correct the mistake," he said.

"There's no need for that," Ford replied, and promptly wrote a check for the additional eighteen thousand pounds.